Something about the beginning of spring and the return of warm weather puts me in the mood for all the brunch food! I've rounded up a variety of brunch recipes that are just as delicous as they are beautiful, whether you prefer salty and savory dishes, or super sweet and rich. What's better than enjoying a weekend brunch on the patio especially when it includes one of these stunning recipes?! Get all the details on my favorite spring brunch dishes below!Read More
This past weekend I was thrilled to host the most fun little brunch at The Amsden for a group of my local blogger friends. I'm hoping this will be the first of many events like this in our spaces and I had so much fun decorating and setting everything up inside the coffee shop. I decided to keep it simple and go with a winter white theme on the table settings. I found the table runners, napkins, and cute disposable plates at Homegoods. I wanted to keep cleanup simple so I also used this disposable wooden flatware which was super cute but also practical! I put together some quick floral arrangements in gold jars using all white flowers, eucalyptus, and baby's breath. I also cut some extra stems to lay on each place setting on top of the plate and napkin.Read More
A few weeks ago, a group of local Lexington bloggers and myself collaborated for an over-the-top summer blogger brunch at the Barn at Springhouse Gardens! It could not have turned out more beautiful and we had the most magical morning chatting, eating, and of course taking lots of photos! Each blogger contributed to the event in some way, which made it even more special. I loved getting to see the unique talents of everyone there and learn a little bit more about each person! Monday, I shared the details of the flower crown bar I set up for the event with tips on how to style your own as well (find that post here). Today every blogger from the event will be sharing a post about the brunch, whether it be a recipe, DIY, or outfit! I've linked all of their blogs at the end of this post- so be sure to check them out! I will be sharing about the mimosa bar I set up with tips and tricks for styling your own!
Mimosas are a necessity for any brunch and this is such a fun and easy station to set up for a party or event. Your guests will love being able to customize their own mimosas with different juices and fruit garnishes. Special thanks to the Lexington Whole Foods for donating all the champagne, juice, and fruit for our mimosa bar at the brunch! Their fresh squeezed OJ was so delicious and made the best mimosas! I've rounded up a shopping list of all the necessities you will need to assemble your mimosa bar below.
Champagne + ice
Fresh squeezed orange juice
2-3 other juices of your choice: I used grapefruit + pineapple
Fresh fruit garnishes: Strawberries, Raspberries, + Blueberries are some of my favorites!
Cups (I used mini mason jars but you can also use disposable cups or real champagne glasses)
Truly the only two things you really need for mimosas are orange juice and champagne, but the whole point of a mimosa bar is to add a few more fun options! I like to offer 3-4 juice choices total (grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and cranberry juice are some popular options!), as well as some fresh fruit to add to your mimosas like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Don't forget to buy ice to keep your champagne chilled if you don't have a fridge or ice-maker nearby at the event! As far as cups, I prefer the look of real glass, so I used mini mason jars for this set-up. You can also use vintage glasses, champagne flutes, or plastic/disposable cups as well.
After you've purchased all the ingredients for your mimosa bar, the next step is styling! Choose a pretty tablecloth or table runner to set the scene and add a pop of color. I also layered a mix of vintage trays underneath the juice carafes and cups to highlight and separate each section of the bar. Use vintage glass carafes or pitchers to hold each juice (you can add a label or sign to each one if you wish!). An icebucket or metal tub will work perfectly to hold your champagne and ice and keep it chilled. Paper straws are another fun addition that your guests will love! Choose a color or pattern that works with your theme and place them in a small cup or jar near the cups. Finally don't forget a few decorative bowls and some spoons, so your guests can easily grab the fruit. Find my full list of styling extras below:
Paper straws (find my gold striped straws here)
Glass carafes or pitchers to hold juices
Icebucket for champagne
Bowls + spoons for the fruits
Chalkboard or sign
Tablecloth or table runner
Arrange your items so that it's easy for your guests to assemble their mimosas from start to finish. Start with the glasses and straws at the beginning, followed by the juices and champagne, and finish with the fruit garnishes at the end or in the very front. This is a set up that will wow your guests whether it is for a baby or bridal shower, holiday brunch, or outdoor party! You can check out more photos from our blogger brunch below, as well as the links to all the other's blogger's pages who participated! Don't forget to check out my coordinating post about the DIY flower crown bar from this same event here. Each blogger will be sharing a post today about the brunch- so don't miss all the delicious recipes, cute outfits, styling tips, and plenty more photos of the entire event!
Don't forget to check out the brunch posts from all the other local Lexington bloggers below:
Taylor Camacho | The Stylish Tales of Tay
Kelsey Bauer | KabKitchen
Emily Ho | Authentically Emmie
Sarah Caton | Space, Place & Southern Grace
Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings
Tif Fannin | Bright on a Budget
Katie Mullen & Anna Towle | Hartley Social
Francis Lee Baker | Lee's Lookbook
Kayla Nord | Kayla Weber Art
Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette
Ella Rutledge | Girl Meets Lex
Bronwyn Butler | Basically Bronwyn
Stephanie Hargis | This Lexington Life
Leela Foley | Lex Eats
Lisa Coe | Candor and Rose
Amanda Zopp | Salt & Life Blog
Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our special goodie bags: Shop Local KY, Miss Molly Vintage, AJ Apothecary, Shop Twenty, Morton James, Springhouse Gardens, Whole Foods Lexington, and Kentucky Yarnbirds. Our brunch was held at The Barn at Springhouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky. All photos taken by Kirstie Dunston Photography unless noted otherwise.
The signature drink of the Kentucky derby will always be the mint julep, but for those who might want to switch it up for something a little brighter + more refreshing, this gin cocktail is the perfect choice! It still has the mint but with the addition of some cucumber, rose water, + club soda making it perfectly fizzy with a slight floral twist. It's also super easy + quick to make for your entire derby crowd and will keep everyone cool + refreshed all day! Grab all the ingredients + step-by-step instructions for mixing them up below!
2 slices cucumber
3 mint leaves
2 ounces gin
2 ounces rosewater
2 ounces club soda
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber + mint with gin.
2. Add rosewater + ice and shake.
3. Strain into a glass and top with club soda.
4. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and mint sprig.
Since I know little to nothing about cocktails I've asked my husband, Alex, to share a guest post on his favorite cocktail inspired by our new pineapple tumblers! Read on for a little history about the pineapple as well as his recipe for a pineapple ginger sparkling bourbon cocktail!:
When we visit Charleston, SC in the summers, it seems like every house that Emily and I drool over (and dream about winning the lottery just to buy a room in) has pineapple décor somewhere on the exterior. It’s either built into the architecture of the house or the iron work of the fence. Other than the fact that pineapples are delicious (which they are!) why is it such a part of Southern culture?
In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was impossible to farm pineapples in England or the colonies so they had to be imported at great expense. Dried pineapple was a delicacy and fresh pineapple was so rare that it was reserved for the ultra-wealthy and the high society. The social elite would have parties on the day that the ships would come in from the Caribbean to have the rare, succulent “New World” fruit with their friends (and to prove that they had the means to afford such a delicacy, of course).
In the South, as in England, the pineapple is used as a symbol of hospitality. Symbolically putting your best foot forward for your guests. In a time when the biggest spectacle of a dinner party was the “platter reveal” (you eat with your eyes first as celebrity chef Scott Conant always says) the greatest honor that could be bestowed upon a guest would be to see a fresh pineapple adorning the plate.
Now, my favorite part of hosting a party is the cocktail. Being a good Kentuckian (I grew up on a horse farm right down the road from the Woodford Reserve Distillery) I love to try and mix a good bourbon cocktail that we can all enjoy. One of my favorites is a Pineapple Ginger Sparkling Bourbon (I call it the “Masters” at my house because that's my favorite time to drink it)!
I first tried out this cocktail in 2013, the year I learned I could get all 4 live Masters video feeds on my porch at the same time. I enjoyed this as a refreshing (day-drinking) alternative to my usual “bourbon neat” for the Masters and Keeneland tailgates and I hope you will as well. Think of it as a refreshingly boozy alternative to the bourbon and ginger, the pineapple works to deepen the flavors and balance out the brightness of the ginger.
Alex aka Mister Molly Vintage
1-inch (3cm) cube fresh pineapple
· 1/4-inch (1cm) slice fresh ginger, unpeeled (I use more because I like the kick)
· 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
· 1 1/4 ounce rye whiskey
· Champagne or sparkling wine
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pineapple with the ginger.
2. Add the lime juice and whiskey, then add some ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
3. Strain the mixture into a glass with fresh ice and then top the glass off with Champagne or sparkling wine
4. Add a wheel of lemon or lime to the glass for garnish if you wish!
Don't forget to grab your pineapple tumbler to sip this cocktail in the most stylish way possible! I've linked it below:
The pineapple has long been recognized as a symbol of hospitality and warm welcome. Welcome others to your home with this two-piece brass pineapple tumbler, a unique serving piece for a well-crafted cocktail. This beauty doubles as both a cocktail shaker and tumbler, and makes a chic adornment for any bar cart!
Size: 12 oz.
Materials: Plated Brass
Hand Wash Only